Blair Athol 2009
Blair Athol is the core whisky of the famous Bell’s blend, for which it is matured in Ex-Bourbon Hogsheads like this one. Its bready, nutty character works exceptionally well as a drier base upon which the other whiskies can build their flavours.
Bottles of single malt Blair Athol are usually finished in sherry casks, whose sweet notes also build well upon the nutty base – but this cask bares Blair Athol’s soul to the world. Maturing for 11 years exclusively in an Ex-Bourbon hogshead has allowed the drier, bready notes of Blair Athol to gain sweetness and become a bit more like cake or pastry. Sometimes a buttery croissant is indulgent enough, without needing to slather it in jam as well.
This cask is also still incredibly high ABV, so likely has many good years of maturation ahead of it.
Auction estimate: £6,500 – £8,500
For the person who likes: Sugared almonds or dolly mixture.